Last season marked the 25th anniversary of the blocked shot as an official statistic in the NCAA. In honor of that milestone, it’s time to look back at the best of the big men who have made their mark on defense at the college level.
Many of the biggest names in post play—Alonzo Mourning, Tim Duncan—have lit up college scoreboards with their shot-swatting numbers. At the same time, many of the country’s best shot blockers have toiled in obscurity for anonymous programs like Alabama A&M or Central Connecticut State.
With 1985-86 being the first season for which official stats are available, this list is necessarily heavy on recent players. However, a couple of particularly noteworthy pre-1985 players have been added as representatives of the many great earlier big men.
Read on for a look at the 25 college players who have given opponents the most reasons to stay out of the paint.